On display next to the Truck Drawing at UICA is a bottle that was used to create the truck drawing. Over paper taped to the truck’s bed were 120 suspended water bottle pendulums, each with their own graphite tip. These would individually make their unique marks dependant on the weight of water level, grade of graphite and length of leash. Aesthetic concerns are addressed initially in the compositional arrangement of light and dark pencils, then adjustments on the road. At the Truck Drawings core, however, is “letting go”, allowing other forces to contribute. The results are map like, echoing their conception.
Look for the Penske Truck today driving around Grand Rapids. I will have the back of the Penske open so you can see the truck drawing in action.
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